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. and in a weird twist, he chose to defend himself in court. that turned out to be a bad move for him. abc's steve osunsami has the story. >> reporter: after a 17-year murder mystery and then a bizarre trial with waseem daker, an ex-con, acting as his own attorney and frightening victims on the witness stand -- >> we found him glgt as to count two. >> reporter: jurors moved quickly, closing this cold case in three, short hours. finding daker guilty of strangling karmen smith in 1995, as an act of revenge against her housemate, loretta blatz, who was working with authorities to send him to jail for stalking her. >> a great day for karmen smith and her family. we're thrilled with the outcome of the case. >> reporter: prosecutors called him a monster and an obsessed maniac, who after killing smith, waited all day for her 5-year-old son to come walking home from school, walking through these sliding glass doors. nicholas smith was stabbed 18 times and survived. he's now 22. and after jurors read the verdict, he and his family hugged and cried. >> she was a beautiful, caring outgoing mom, whose son, ni
. waseem daker called his first witness yesterday. and steve osunsami is covering it from the courthouse. >> what about the stabbing of your son, nick? i'm sorry that i have to ask that, sir. do you need a minute? >> of course, not. >> reporter: in this crowded georgia courtroom, there were more tears tuesday, this time from the ex-husband of karmen smith, the flight attendant police say waseem daker strong med in -- strangled in 1995. he said he had an argument with his ex-wife the morning of her murder. but said he had nothing to do with the attack. >> mr. smith, did you have anything to do with the murder of karmen smith? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: police say daker stabbed her son 18 times. in some wicked twist of revenge against loretta blatz. >> i don't know why you would threaten me. you know you threatened me. and i don't appreciate it. >> maybe you're scared of me. but that you always think i'm going to kill you. i know things to worry about better than you. >> reporter: on tuesday, daker's first full day presenting his defense, jurors heard from his witnesses for the first
for stalking a woman is now accused of killing her roommate back in 1995. steve osunsami has the latest from atlanta. >> there's are numerous occasions during the trial that your veracity has been in strong question by me. strong. >> reporter: the judge in this georgia courtroom, close to losing her cool. and clearly fed up with waseem daker, the man on trial for a murder and acting as his own lawyer. >> you don't try cases by ambush. >> reporter: this would-be attorney is a convicted stalker, now accused of strangling flight attendant karen smith in 1995. as an act of revenge against her roommate who helped send him to jail for harassing her. loretta black is still frightened all these years later. >> i would have clearly done things differently. but i can't. i can't. >> reporter: in court monday, prosecutors said that when they finally arrested daker in 2009, they found rope, handcuffs, and how-to manuals with illustrations on how to get away without murder and kill without joy. >> if my advice in this book are followed, no one will ever know. >> reporter: they showed jurors 12-year-old e-
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